Born in 1968, at the age of 23 he enrolled at the architecture faculty in Rome while, at the same time, studying to become a professional illustrator.
A few years later he created his own studio: C.atWork (Creatives at Work).
In 2000 he was selected to take part in the Illustrators Exhibition of Bologna Children's Book fair, both in the FICTION and in the NON FICTION sections, and was assigned the catalogue cover.
During his career Garofalo has collaborated with companies, architecture and professional studios as a designer and graphic designer. He has also been actively giving lectures and workshops on visual perception, drawing and children's’ illustration.
Garofalo has been working with many international publishers: Giunti, Giunti Progetti Educativi, Mondadori, Zanichelli, De Agostini, Rizzoli Corriere della Sera, Pearson Paravia Bruno Mondadori, Hoepli, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, Oxford University Press, Soleil, Ankama, Ravensburger, Usborne, Dorling Kindersley, Templar Publishing, Kyowon, Nord-Sud Verlag, Helbling Languages, Siphano Picture Book, La Margherita, Ars Verlag, T-Scrivo Edizioni, Profil international, DoGi, Friederich Reinhardt Verlag, Založba Kres, Sello Editorial, Lumen Editorial, Sjaloom, Hachette Children’s Book, Sudamericana.